Your membership gives you entrance each fall to a trade show floor alive with books - over 300 tables manned by sales representatives who work in your part of the country and who are familiar with both the rewards and the difficulties of selling books in the Southeast. You will be associating with nearly six hundred booksellers who enjoy the intimacy of a regional association where it is easy to discuss what works for them in bookselling and eager to learn what works for you.
The trade show schedule is packed with workshops and panels. You will meet many authors signing their books, speaking, or giving readings from their newly published books.The trade show is southern in its friendliness, social gatherings, and intimacy encouraging many informal exchanges of ideas.
Glossary of SIBA Trade Show Events –
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Publishers & Authors: Please note that SIBA strives to build the best show possible and that our featured author slots go to the newest books first and come from exhibiting entities only. Books that are newly published in the fall of 2015 and the winter of 2016 are considered before any other titles.
Author Panels: All of the author panels take place on Friday. Author Panels are scheduled either from 11 AM - Noon, 3-4 PM or 4-5 PM. We plan panels around topics for which we have titles but we always try to do both a Children & Young Adult author panel. In years past we have had panels around State Books, History, Hideous & Haunting, and Book Club Reads. Any author on a panel should prepare to talk for no more than ten minutes and participate in a Q&A. Authors who appear on panels on will sign their books from 2-3pm on Friday afternoon. 75 Books are required plus a $299 confirmation fee.
Kick-Off Author Lunch: This lunch is on Friday from Noon – 1:45 PM and often features up to four authors. Expected attendance is 100. Authors pre-sign 100 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 15 minutes. In addition to the pre-signed books, a $299 confirmation fee is required.
The First 180 Days Party is modeled on the ABA’s successful Winter Institute Author Reception only all of the authors have new books coming in the first half of 2015. This is a signing event limited to 25 authors. 75 books are required and there is a $299 confirmation fee author.
SIBA Supper: This supper is on Friday night from 7 – 8:30 PM, and features up to four authors. Expected attendance is 200. Authors at this event will pre-sign 200 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 15 minutes. A $299 confirmation fee is required.
Late Night Event: In special cases, we will feature an author of some standing at this Late Night opportunity from 9-10 PM on Friday. In the past, we have featured Gloria Gaynor, Marlo Thomas, Al Franken, Waylon Jennings, and we only offer this option if the author is a good fit. There is no confirmation fee, though we do require 150 books.
Saturday Southern Lunch: This lunch is on Saturday from 1 – 2:30 PM and often features up to four authors. Expected attendance is 150. Authors pre-sign 150 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 15 minutes. In addition to the pre-signed books, a $299 confirmation fee is required.
Parapalooza takes place on Saturday before the Saturday Supper between 5:30-7 PM. Authors are invited to read, with meaning, feeling, and enthusiasm, a single favorite hand-picked paragraph from their book. 100 Books are required and a $299 author confirmation fee.
Saturday Supper: This supper is on Saturday night from 7 – 8:30 PM, and features up to four authors. Expected attendance is 200. Authors at this event will pre-sign 200 books. Featured authors should speak for no more than 15 minutes. A $299 confirmation fee is required.
NEW THIS YEAR - SIBA & the Shoe Burnin’ Show: This is a literary hootenanny where selected authors will present a segment from their book accompanied by music. Author Shari Smith will put the pieces together and match them up to the musicians and a rollicking good time is guaranteed. confirmation fee OF $299 & 100 pre-signed books are required.
Moveable Feast of Authors: This is the finale of the SIBA Trade Show and runs from Noon – 1:30 PM on Sunday. This event includes 20-25 authors at 20-25 tables. Only authors of books available by the day of the Feast are considered. The authors rotate from table to table visiting with booksellers (and consumers) over the time span. The authors must be available from 10 AM to 5 PM. This is a great event for all involved and is sponsored by Inkreadible Sponsor Bookazine. 150 books are needed per author and a $299 confirmation fee.
NEW THIS YEAR - Raleigh Reads: An Afternoon for Authors & Readers- Sunday, Sep. 20
Raleigh Reads is a new consumer component of the Discovery Show SIBA is launching this year. A ticketed event open to the public, the Readers' Afternoon Delight will include author panels and other programs to allow readers to meet and mingle with presenting authors. The Moveable Feast of Authors, starting at 12:00 Noon, will be the kick-off event of the day, and include both booksellers who are attending the show, and readers who purchased tickets. The day will begin at 10 AM for authors with the feast and will end at 6pm. Because of the public component, only authors with current books available at the time of #SIBA15 will be considered for The Moveable Feast. The Raleigh area bookstores will sell books at the event, and will sell tickets in advance of the event. In addition to the Feast, authors will present on panels and programs the rest of the afternoon and mingle with readers.
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